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Candied Lemon Peel


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  • 3 large lemons
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar plus additional for sprinkling


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Step 1

1. Place rack on rimmed baking sheet. Cut 1/4" off top and bottom of each lemon. Score each lemon lengthwise in quarters, cutting just through peel (not into flesh). Carefully peel off each peel quarter in 1 piece. Cut each quarter lengthwise into 1/4" wide strips. Cook peel in large saucepan of boiling water 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain peel, rinse well, and drain again.

2. Bring 4 cups water and 4 cups sugar to boil in a large, heavy saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar completely. Add drained lemon peel to saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lemon peel is very soft and looks translucent, about 40 minutes.

3. Using fork, transfer lemon peel, 2-3 strips at a time, to a prepared rack. Separate strips and arrange crosswise on a rack. Let peel drain for 15 minutes. Sprinkle peel generously with remaining sugar. Let dry uncovered overnight.

Can be made up to 1 week ahead. Cover and refrigerate.


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